Sunday, October 23, 2011

Powerful Earthquake Rips through Turkey; Estimates from 6.6 to 7.3 on Richter Scale

From Israel National News:
“Many people” were killed in a powerful earthquake that struck eastern Turkey Sunday morning, according to a local mayor

"There are so many dead. Several buildings have collapsed; there is too much destruction," Ercis mayor Zulfikar Arapoglu told NTV television, the Associated Press reported.

"We need urgent aid, we need medics," he added

The mid-day earthquake was recorded at 7.3 on the Richter scale, according to a Greek news agency, and 6.6 by the Associated Press.

The center of the quake was 12 miles northeast of the city of Van, the capital of the province with the same name, and struck 4.5 miles deep.

The Istanbul-based Kandilli Seismology Center said tremors were felt in distant cities.

The epicenter was near the border with Iran.
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